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review 2016-01-30 00:00
Other Broken Things
Other Broken Things - Christa Desir This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More


This is my first book to read by Desir, and I loved it!  It's dark, gritty, emotional, and true.

Desir doesn't sugar coat anything.  You get it all whether it's pretty or not.  And I absolutely love that.  We don't get a girl who is completely perfect with small struggles. We get a girl who is trying to cope with addiction. Natalie gets ignored by her friends when she doesn't want to party anymore, and there may even be some relapses.  She finds unlikely friends to help support her through her journey to sobriety.

Desir also has no problem with sex topics.  She shows Natalie's experiences and doesn't make it all rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes sex is just that, sex. And it's not always because someone is loved or what have you. The person is there and it's convenient.

Natalie is also trying to deal with her own situation, and with her parents. Her dad is pretty much a prick. And I can't stand him.  But her mom, is pretty great, even though Natalie doesn't always see that.

I think Other Broken Things is great at showing the struggles of addiction, and finding your place when it seems like everyone you thought cared about you leaves.
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text 2015-07-09 01:25
Other Broken Things by C. Desir
Other Broken Things - Christa Desir

Yall have to wait until January 2016 to read this. I feel very sorry for this! But damn. This book is a BOMB of reality in the contemporary YA world. 


Put it on your list. 

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review 2014-10-24 22:45
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend - Katie Finn

Title: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend
Series: Broken Hearts & Revenge #1
Author: Katie Finn
Format: Hardback, 339 pages
Rating: 4 stars
Time to Read: 2 days
Recommend it?: Yes, for anyone into chick lit, and those who like a good revenge :]


Goodread's Bio: Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already

My Review: aw revenge, a girls dream come true. I liked this book very much. I’ve had my fair share of moments where I wished I could ruin anothers life. Gemma is just more brave than I because I never could go though with it.

Gemma ruins her “best friends” life in order to save her family, but of course it goes wrong, hey when doesn’t it. She then gets a second chance later in life to fix what she messed up. She does try her hardest too :]

I just loved Gemma she is a clumsy, totally relatable character. I cringed along with her as various things decided to not go her way throughout the story.

The last few pages had me thou! I didn’t see that coming at all, and I must say I am not looking forward to waiting for the next one! Be here nowwww!!!!

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text 2014-09-01 16:45
August Reads & September TBR
The Assassin's Blade - Sarah J. Maas
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories - David Levithan,Kelly Link,Ally Carter,Jenny Han,Matt de la Pena,Gayle Forman,Laini Taylor,Stephanie Perkins,Kiersten White,Myra McEntire,Holly Black,Rainbow Rowell
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
The New World - Patrick Ness
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, Chapters 1-5 - Katie Finn
Hopeless - Colleen Hoover
Isla and the Happily Ever After - Stephanie Perkins
The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks

It felt like I read so much more than I did this month! I read 7 books and one novella and a little from two other books!


August Reads: 


1. The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (5/5)

- Finally read this and really enjoyed it!! Love this series! [My review]


2. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors (4/5)

- I received this e-arc from Netgalley and so happy I did! I loved reading this, you'll definitely want to check this out come October 17 when it releases!! I have some definite favorite stories of the 12 (especially Rainbow Rowell's short story, Midnights!) [My overall review]


3. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (4.5/5)

- This was for the Chick Lits book club and I LOVED it! So cute and funny! [My review]


4. The New World (novella) by Patrick Ness (5/5)

- I absolutely loved this novella, it sucked me into the story. I felt like if a story sucked me in and made me feel this way, the trilogy would probably be amazing! But I think reading this first was a mistake since it was in a different characters perspective (Viola) and I wanted to continue with her story. Still debating whether or not to finish the first book (see below)


5. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (4/5)

- I was nervous to read this knowing Katie Finn is actually Morgan Matson (one of my favorite authors) but glad I was open to it and really enjoyed it! [my review]


6. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (4/5)

- This one took me on a rollar coaster of emotions and I really liked it! Although the intensity was a bit much at times! Definitely checking more books out from this author! [my review]


7. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (4/5)

I had some issues with this but overall I loved it and was really happy how the companion trilogy was concluded! [my review]


8. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks (reread: 5/5)

I was in the mood for a book to make me cry, so of course I turn to Nicholas Sparks :) Whenever I read one of his books - its a good month! :D Loved it just as much as the first time I read it :)


Favorite Read: My True Love Gave to Me, specifically Rainbow Rowell's short story, Midnights :)


Least Favorite Read: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (in my currently reading list below)


Currently Reading:


1. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (219/801 pages)

- I am really enjoying this but I know it will take me awhile to finish it! But I'm excited to finally be reading it :)


2. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (176/479)

- I'm actually debating whether DNFing this book/trilogy - or just coming back to it when I'm in the mood for it! I'm just not interested enough in the storyline at the moment :/ I don't really connect with Todd the protagonist or the plot. Where is this story going? It's kind of out there and a different writing style!


September TBR:


1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

- YAY!! So excited this comes out tomorrow, September 2 but I'll be getting it on my kindle at midnight! This is the 3rd book in the Throne of Glass series!


2. Paper Towns by John Green

It's a Book World is hosting a John Green readalong for September and I thought I'd read one of his books since so far I've only read The Fault in Our Stars! [goodreads page]


3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

- I really hope I can get my hands on this one!! Heard so many good things about it! Requested it from my library, but I'm pretty far down on the list so we'll see!!


And I'm not sure what else I'll read! The Chick Lits book club hasn't announced a book for September, so not sure if we will be reading anything! And I'm in the mood to read a "back to school (college or high school) book" so if I find something that fits, I'll read it! And also maybe a psychological thriller or something different! We'll see :)




What was your favorite and/or least favorite read of the month? Any book you are looking forward to reading in September? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned?

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review 2014-08-30 07:58
Book Review: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend, Chapters 1-5 - Katie Finn

Summary: Gemma has to stay with her father for the summer in the Hamptons to her dismay. She doesn't want to go back there because of something that happened 5 years ago. Mistaken to be her best friend, Sophie - she goes along using the name to start anew and make amends with the person she hurt. Little did she know that this summer would entail a certain cute boy, plenty of embarrassing moments, and having to face the truth. This is the first in a trilogy.


Review: I really enjoyed this book - it was a quick and light read that was hard for me to put down! I was worried going into this book that I wouldn't like it since Katie Finn is actually Morgan Matson one of my favorite authors (all her books writing as Morgan MAtson (Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, and Since You've Been Gone) are 5 stars favorites for me) but I kept an open mind for this book knowing it was geared towards a slightly younger crowd and that it would be more light and fluffy and it did deliver a bit more than I was expecting and I was not disappointed! There were definitely some really cute moments (I loved Josh - MM really knows how to write a love interest that I fall for!) and it had me laughing out loud at times as well! Although the plot was predictable and sometimes I just wanted to shake Gemma to just tell the truth already - I still really enjoyed this fun beach read and am really looking forward to the next book!! :D Love the titles too, especially the second one - Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold!! Can't wait to see the cover too!! :) If you are looking for a fun cute and quick read you should pick this up! And if you are worried like I was - I don't think you should be as long as you have an open mind and I think you'll enjoy this book if you already love Morgan Matson and her writing :)


Have you read this book? The Top 8 trilogy? Have you read any of her books under Morgan Matson?

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